August 5, 2001 |
The recent release of three jailed Chinese-born scholars with strong ties to the United States removed a barrier to improved Sino-American ties, but their ordeal has so traumatized the international academic community that research on China could be crippled for years, analysts believe. All three spent months in jail before being convicted of spying.
August 2, 2001 |
China has formally charged U.S. academic Wu Jianmin with endangering national security, a Hong Kong-based rights group said. Wu, detained April 8, will probably go on trial before President Bush's planned visit to China in October, the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said. But State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Wu's status has not changed since he was formally arrested May 25.
July 31, 2001 |
The State Department voiced its strong displeasure Monday with Chinese state television's decision to edit out comments on Taiwan and human rights from an interview with Secretary of State Colin L. Powell it broadcast over the weekend. The U.S. Embassy in China had an agreement with Chinese Central Television that Saturday's interview would be aired in its entirety, department officials said.
July 27, 2001 |
In a reflection of the wide gap that still divides Washington and Beijing, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said Thursday that the Bush administration intends to follow up on the release of three scholars convicted of espionage by pressing China on the fate of other detainees with U.S. connections.
July 26, 2001 |
In a signal of its desire for better relations with Washington, Beijing today released two U.S.-based Chinese scholars convicted just two days ago on charges of spying for Taiwan and sentenced to 10 years in prison, U.S. and Chinese officials announced here today. Sociologist Gao Zhan, who was detained Feb. 11, was expelled and put on a plane to the United States, a senior U.S. official said. She was reportedly put aboard a Northwest flight to Detroit.
July 24, 2001 |
A Chinese court convicted a U.S.-based, Chinese-born academic on espionage charges today and sentenced her to a 10-year prison term, her family said. The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court found Gao Zhan guilty after a one-day trial in which Gao spoke in her own defense and maintained her innocence. Gao, 39, a researcher at American University in Washington, was detained along with her husband and son by state security agents as they prepared to return to the U.S.
July 15, 2001 |
An American professor held in China for more than four months was convicted of espionage Saturday and ordered expelled from the country. Li Shaomin, 44, who teaches business at City University of Hong Kong, was tried and sentenced in less than five hours at a closed-door trial in western Beijing, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy, which was allowed to send a diplomat to observe the proceedings.
July 6, 2001 |
Trials have begun in China for an American citizen and a permanent U.S. resident on charges that they spied for Taiwan, the State Department said Thursday. The two are among a string of U.S. passport holders who have been detained by China during the past year, prompting calls by members of Congress for punitive action against Beijing. But the trials come at a time when the United States and China are talking publicly about an improvement in relations. Officials said Secretary of State Colin L.
June 24, 2001 |
American technicians have made progress in dismantling a crippled Navy surveillance plane and have removed its tail cone in preparation for flying the aircraft home from China's Hainan island, according to U.S. contractors. The aircraft has been stranded on Hainan since it made an emergency landing there April 1 after colliding with a Chinese fighter jet over the South China Sea. Photographs released by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
June 6, 2001 |
A 179-year-old letter from President Monroe to China's emperor, seeking the return of a damaged vessel pillaged on southern Chinese shores, sold for a higher-than-expected $19,150, New York auction house Sotheby's said. The 1822 letter, thought to be the first direct communication between a U.S. president and the emperor of China, was bought by an absentee bidder.